Little board chest

Tilden Shops

Object Place: S. Scituate, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 23.5 x 37.5 x 17.8 cm (9 1/4 x 14 3/4 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pine and white cedar, tin plated iron and lock and hinge

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

This diminutive chest probably was intended for a child, regarded less as a toy than as a means of inculcating adult values of order and neatness. The initials of the original owner (RG) now are covered by an early, tin-plated lock. Like several other chests by Tilden, this example was painted vermillion or red. It is ornamented with sawtooth patterns, gouge work, and incised decoration similar to a group of full-size board chests attributed to the Tilden shop.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund